One More Time: Nissan GT-R Updated for 2024
Thanks to Nissan’s glacier-like design cycle, most of us are intimately familiar with the silhouette of the brand’s mighty GT-R. Last night in Tokyo, company reps rolled out its latest smattering of updates for the long-running supercar.
The 2024 Nissan GT-R is offered in three grades. Premium and T-spec are tuned to produce 565 horsepower, whilst the NISMO variant manages to throw down 600 horsepower plus a raft of go-fast trickery drawn from motorsports applications. You’ll have noticed the styling changes in that lead shot atop this post, all of which are apparently designed to increase downforce and reduce drag. Alterations include redesigned front and rear fascias, new bumper shapes, revised grille dimensions, and revamped rear wings.
In typical Japanese attention to detail, engineers went so far as to change out the mesh used in the front grille, employing a thinner material that is intended to enhance cooling but also to reduce drag. This would have been necessary for the team to keep the GT-R's drag coefficient at 0.26 Cd since an increase in downforce can have an effect on overall aero numbers depending on conditions.
On the snazzy GT-R NISMO, a new rear wing design sits atop swan neck-style supports which are all the rage right now. With an almost 10 percent larger surface area, Nissan says the wing's curvature has been designed to optimize drag and downforce, though one would expect that’s a goal of most wing designs. The team also revised GT-R NISMO's front lip, rear diffuser, and canards. I added that last bit because I like saying canards. Canards.
T-Spec cars will build on the Premium’s feature count but also add a number of unique styling gear including a green interior and gold wheels. We want to see that in person, by the way. T-Spec also gets a couple of unique colors, including Midnight Purple which is apparently a modern interpretation of the Midnight Purple III color made famous on the R34 GT-R V-Spec. NISMO cars are immediately identifiable by that wing plus a set of vertical carbon fiber panels on the rear bumper which is said to help that all-important coefficient of drag.
Under the hood is a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which was refined four model years ago and continues to be hand-assembled by Takumi technicians. As mentioned, 565 horses are standard with the NISMO getting an even 600 ponies. All-wheel drive is part of the deal, naturally, as is a six-speed dual-clutch transaxle.
The 2024 Nissan GT-R arrives at select American dealers this spring, save for the NISMO which arrives in summer. Canards.
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